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WCCS announces apprenticeship opportunities

(This article was written by Brannon Cahela for the Demopolis Times.)

 

Wallace Community College – Selma (WCCS) held a press conference Thursday morning to announce their partnership with the Alabama Office of Apprenticeship to WCCS students.

Patsy Richards, Alabama Office of Apprenticeship Project Manager, explained the program during the conference.

To join an apprenticeship program, a student must apply at a participating business.

If hired, the student will be enrolled in WCCS where they will receive technical training while they learn and earn progressive wages.

The new program only has one partner so far, GD Copper of Pine Hill in neighboring Wilcox County.

GD Copper Vice President of Human Resources KC Pang was in attendance Monday morning to share his excitement to be the first business partner in the program.

Pang said that GD Copper plans to hire on three to four apprentices per semester and six to eight apprentices per year.

WCCS Technical Division Chair Calvin Griffin said at the meeting that Electrical Technology and Industrial Maintenance were the only two programs with apprenticeship opportunities as the program launches, but more programs will be added as more industries participate.

“We take pride in strengthening our technical programs in order for students to be ready to enter the work force,” said Griffin. “We are placing special emphasis within our curriculum so that students can gain practical, on-the-job training while they pursue their academic endeavors.”

“This is an exciting time,” said WCC President Dr. James Mitchell. “I always get excited when I see that we have expanded opportunity and access for our students. This announcement today, obviously, is a shining example of how we continue to ensure that our students have greater access and greater opportunities as they enter the world of work. That’s what’s most important and that’s what we continue to work to do.”

Cutline: Wallace Community College – Selma (WCCS) Director of Workforce Development Dr. Glen King, Jr. conducts a “Q and A” at Thursdays Apprenticeship Conference at WCCS.